Business 101 seminars

Business 101 seminars

Practical advice for the small business owner

The Business 101 seminars are designed for both existing and budding small business owners who aren’t sure where to start, or may just need some advice on how to take the next step to grow. 

The free seminars provide an overview of the common issues involved in setting up a small business and offer practical advice. They are also a great opportunity to ask City of Sydney staff and industry experts technical questions about DAs, licensing and other types of applications, as well as talk about grants and other support the City offers. You will meet others in your field – those just starting out and established professionals who have successfully gone through the process. 

Videos and podcasts

A selection of our seminars are available on demand.


City of Sydney
02 9265 9333

Main image: Cooper & Co director Peter Cooper, General Assembly Australia general manager Riley Batchelor, PushStart co-founder and managing director Kim Heres and Canva CEO Melanie Perkins at the Start-ups 101 seminar on 6 March 2013.

Seminars for 2015

The seminars sell out fast, so book your spot now to avoid disappointment. 

Both the 2013 and 2014 series were a sell-out success. Last year, almost all who attended (92%) found the seminars useful and a third started their first business. 

Date Seminar About
Wednesday 4 March So you want to start a small business? A generic look at how to open a business in our local area. Most popular session overall.
Thursday 26 March Tech start-ups: Introduction to the Sydney ecosystem Get 'plugged in' to Sydney tech start-up scene.
Wednesday 29 April Live music Find out how to host live music in your venue.
Wednesday 3 June Marketing your business in an online world Grow your business with online and digital marketing.
Wednesday 1 July Food businesses and outdoor dining This seminar simplifies the starting process for our most popular business sector
Wednesday 29 July  Start and grow – Creative industry from art to business For those  who run a business from home or want to learn how to earn money from their art
Wednesday 26 August Grow your business Best for those with an established business looking to expand
Wednesday 23 September Tech start-ups: How to launch and scale your start-up Get 'plugged in' to Sydney's tech start-up scene
Wednesday 7 October Food trucks Learn how to get a licensed food truck on the street
Wednesday 18 November  So you want to start a small business? A generic look at how to open a business in our local area. Most popular session overall.

Last updated: Monday, 19 January 2015